Who Is In Your Moai?

This Week's Simple Tip Okinawa, Japan is a blue zone longevity hotspot, i.e. one of the places where people live extraordinarily better and longer lives than almost anyone else in the world. In small neighborhoods across the city, friends meet regularly to talk, experience life, share advice and even financial assistance when needed. They call these groups their "moai". Built on deep support and respect for each other, the moai members count on each other through life's challenges. They view their group as a life safety net. A few years back when I was going through a traumatic time, I was caught off-guard to see who was and wasn't there as my safety net. I realized then how important i

Are You Trying To Connect The Dots Looking Forward?

This Week's Simple Tip We all have those times in life when we are disappointed that something didn't turn out the way we hoped it would. I recently encountered this when making an airline reservation. Cost, terrible seat selection and a long layover kept me from booking the departure date I really wanted. Had it worked out the way I desired, I would not have been around to attend the celebration of life of a friend. We can only push so far, and then we have to trust fate to show us the way. As this week's short clip expresses, you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. This Week's Focus This week, when something doesn't work out exactly the way you want it to,

How SAFE Are You Really?

This Week's Simple Tip At times in life, we turn away from doing things that we might love because of a false sense of security. I worked 30+ years for a large corporation. The first third of the years I wanted to be there, the second third I needed to be there for benefits, and the last third I stayed because I feared making a wrong move in a new venture. In other words, I was staying in a job that I disliked because I was fearful of failing at something I might love. Jim Carrey recounts the same situation in this week's short clip. When I was ultimately downsized, I felt a sense of relief and freedom to go try whatever I wanted. It was then that I realized I had failed myself by stay

How Do You Want To Be Treated?

This Week's Simple Tip Years ago, a hairdresser I frequented shared a story that has been a guiding light in my life ever since. She shared the story of one of her clients, an elderly gentleman, who always appeared to be happy and satisfied with life. His reply when she asked him what his secret was to such contentment: living life by The Golden Rule. Unfamiliar with the rule, I looked it up as soon as I got home to find: The Golden Rule is the principle of treating others as one's self would wish to be treated. Check out this week's clip for a heart-warming example. Interestingly, not referring to it as such, this was exactly the way I was brought up. And thanks to the hairdresser's

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